Sound. When unified, it is a powerful thing. A unified sound is likened to a full orchestra, ebbing and flowing together to create a beautiful symphony. When harmony is present, the orchestra can complete the task at hand. However, unity is lost when some of the instruments create a sound not intended for that point in time. It is the same with the sound that we as the body of Christ are to release in this hour.
This word has been stirring on the inside of me for the past week. During a corporate intercessory prayer time, the Lord directed me to Ezra 3, highlighting some things and giving me a fresh perspective on a familiar passage. I want to encourage and challenge the body of Christ to keep pressing forward into the new things that God wants to release through us both individually and corporately, as we purpose to not look back but to press onward and upward.
In Ezra 3, the foundation of the temple is laid, and praise is going up to the Lord from the priests, the Levites, and the sons of Asaph, as was directed by King David. The Word tells us the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid (Ezra 3:11). But not everyone is rejoicing about the rebuilding of the temple. We find those who had seen the first temple wept at the sight of the new foundation, and the sound they created was lost in the overwhelming shouts of joy from the people.
The sound of discontentment
As I stood in a place of prayer that morning, I could tangibly feel discontentment emanating from those in the body. It was discontentment that could not embrace the new thing God desired to do. It was disappointment resting in a past season, remembering what was instead of what is to come. Ezra 3 bears witness to this sense of discontentment. It is encountering a former time of majesty and splendor, believing the lie that the former is greater than the latter.
There is a tendency to look back to what used to be and to long for past days of glory. Even now, there are those longing for moves that they have seen and encountered in past seasons in ministry. They seek the comfort of the familiar while rejecting fresh vision entrusted to God appointed leadership. Those content in their discontentment will miss out on the fresh season God is ushering for a fresh time, and though their weeping and wailing seems to blend with the shouts of joy for what God is wanting to do now, a disharmonious sound goes forth. It is the sound of an orchestra unable to finish its masterpiece.
He is doing a new thing
Isaiah 43:18-19 says,
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Immediately after these verses, Isaiah urges the people to release a sound unto the Lord. It is a new song, a new sound dedicated solely to God. It is a shout of praise. A new sound cannot come forth without leaving the old behind to embrace the new. A unified sound from the body of Christ breaks the back of discontentment. The sound of unity refuses to buck against the mandate of the King. Despite having encountered glorious days in times past, the sound bellows from a people with their sight set on God’s agenda and what is to come in the days ahead.
For those of you struggling with the release of a new thing in this hour, surrender your heart and your motives before the Lord, and submit your will to His will. Refuse to operate in dishonor of the new season that is upon us. For those of you commissioned on the front lines to advance the vision of heaven, release a violent sound, and move forward into His glory. Contend for the authentic sound of unity. God desires a unified sound from His church, and it must be a pure sound, untainted by the sound of memorial weeping.
We as the body of Christ cannot afford to continue looking back and creating a sound of discord. When we refuse to move forward in the new things of God, we become enslaved to a place where God is no longer moving. Let’s get excited and united in the new things God is doing! It is time to release the sounds of heaven, and these sounds are a beautiful symphony before the throne of God.